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Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action is holding a "Shopping From The Heart" fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in St. John The Baptist School Social Hall, 504 S. Broadway St. in Scottdale.

The local Faith in Action group provides free volunteer services to anyone 60 or older in Everson, Mt. Pleasant, New Stanton, Scottdale and surrounding communities, including transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, caregiver relief and home safety checks to help seniors live more safely and independently in their own homes longer.

Kathy Lighthall, who is on the group's steering committee, has been volunteering since 2007.

"I was helping a neighbor back in 2005 who was getting older and needed some help with the basics, and I heard about the Faith in Action organization through United Way where I work," she said. "I told them if a Faith in Action organization ever came to our area to let me know."

She got the call in 2007.

Lighthall said the local organization is being helped significantly with finances by the United Way but the goal is to operate independently at some point.

"We're behind on our goal this year, so fundraisers like this one helps us to continue raising the money we need to one day operate on our own," she said.

This will be the second year for the fundraising event and JCAFIA program Director Melaney Hegyes said this year's fundraiser will play host to 10 vendors.

The vendors this year include Silpada, PA Speciality Foods, Kristy's Kandles, Basket Creations, AVON, Pennys From Heaven, Tom's Stuff wooden crafts, Cookie Lee Jewelry and Miss Martha Floral.

Hegyes said those in attendance will have the opportunity to order photograph packages by The DeskTop owner David Hiebert, have a caricature or sketch done by sketch artist Marian Ash and more.

A Chinese auction of items from the various vendors, as well as gift baskets, will be available. There will be refreshments.

"This will be a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and find some unique gifts," Hegyes said.

Call 724-542-4117 for more information on the event or the services provided by the organization.

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